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10 Songs, Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Lana is back

Lana is back

1. West Coast – Lana Del Rey – You know Lana believes this to be the Summer Blockbuster movie of singles with extended lyrical breaks, tempo changes and way too high in the mix drums. And she may be right – B-

2.  Boom Clap – Charlie XCX – From the movie “The Fault In Our Stars”: “Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group” – Prosthetic leg? – B-

3. Loyal – Chris Brown – Maybe I am crazy but I’ve always liked this guy, he is just an arrogant smartass dance guy, here with arrogant smarts Tyga and Lil Wayne – B

4. Te Vivi – Villamizar – Anthemic merengue featuring Elvis Crespo, should kill on the latin Pop charts – B+

5. Volunteers Of America – The Both – The first track to kick in nicely off their debut album is a mix and match by Ted and Aimee and catchy as hell in an Aimee-y pop rock way though  Ted takes the lead singing – B+

6. Algiers – The Afghan Whigs – Somewhat on the painful side of the soul ledger – C-

7. Full Moon – Woods – The lead guitar sounds like it jumped ship off George Harrison’s  “Dark Horse” label. That’s a good thing – A-

8. Cigarettes And Loneliness – Chet Faker – This is exactly what Faker does so well; he makes a deep percussion side build a mood and includes a very strong song in the mix – A-

9. A Girl In Winter – Ben Watt, Robert Wyatt – Two art rock stalwarts but this folk thingy is a little too obtuse for my ears – C+

10. You’re My Yoko – Ziggy Marley – Could this be the worst song of the year? – D-

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